Morning Departure

  • PG
  • Roy Ward Baker (1950)
  • UK
  • 97 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

An atmospheric "confined space" drama, with John Mills in one of his best roles as the commander of a submarine that's holed by a mine and plunges to the sea bed. Twelve crew members survive the initial impact but - and here's the hook - only eight will be able to use the escape equipment. Everyone is admirably stoic, apart from Richard Attenborough, playing a weak-willed stoker with his trademark intensity. The passage of time has made some of the crew resemble caricatures, yet it's still engrossing stuff.

Plot Summary

Deep-sea drama starring John Mills and featuring Richard Attenborough. Twelve surviving members of a submarine crew are trapped beneath the ocean after their vessel hits a mine. With on-board rescue facilities only capable of saving eight, the crew faces a terrible dilemma.

Cast and crew


Lieutenant Commander Armstrong
John Mills
Helen Cherry
Stoker Snipe
Richard Attenborough
Rose Snipe
Lana Morris
Lieutenant Harry Manson
Nigel Patrick
Warrant Officer McFee
Andrew Crawford
Chief Petty Officer Barlow
Michael Brennan
Able-bodied Seaman Higgins
James Hayter
Able-bodied Seaman Nobby Clark
Wylie Watson
Leading Seaman Kelly
Jack Stuart
Leading Seaman Andrews
Roddy McMillan


Roy Ward Baker

Other Information

Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
General Film Dist Ltd
Certificate PG